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The tale of Goldilocks and the three fears (about the minimum wage)
The minimum wage is a Goldilocks policy: set it too low, and it will limit the contribution employment can make to wellbeing; set it too high, and it could cause real economic harm. What is the sweet spot in the middle for New Zealand?

Join this webinar with Julie Fry and Peter Wilson of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) to learn more about the minimum wage in Aotearoa New Zealand, and hear them discuss the potential impacts of minimum wage rises in the current pandemic context, and in light of the recent surprisingly upbeat jobs data.

The webinar will be facilitated by Kathy Errington, Executive Director of the Helen Clark Foundation, and there will also be a Q&A session where webinar viewers will be able to submit questions for consideration.

About the Helen Clark Foundation:
The Helen Clark Foundation is a think tank hosted by AUT University. We advocate for a fairer, more sustainable, and more inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand. We’re funded by our members and donations – If you have appreciated our work so far then please consider supporting us by becoming a member today: https://helenclark.foundation/support-our-work/

About NZIER:
NZIER is an independent economic consultancy. Our core values of independence and promoting better outcomes for all New Zealanders are the driving force behind why we exist and how we work today. Julie and Peter’s work on minimum wage policy was funded by NZIER’s Public Good programme, which seeks to educate and encourage debate on economic issues affecting New Zealand. You can learn more about NZIER at https://nzier.org.nz/

Dec 9, 2021 12:00 PM in Auckland, Wellington

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Peter Wilson
Principal Economist @NZIER
Peter Wilson is a Principal Economist at the Auckland office of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research. He has spent almost 40 year as a professional economist working in the private and public sectors in Australia and New Zealand. In his current role he advises a wide range of clients on topical economic issues and frequently contributes to NZIER public good programme, focussing of late of the issues of migration, the labour market and wellbeing.
Julie Fry
Associate @NZIER
Julie is a consulting economist who divides her time between New York and a family farm near Motueka. She has worked on migration policy issues since the early 1990s, designing programmes and advising agencies including The Treasury, Te Puni Kōkiri, and HM Treasury in London. Julie has Masters degrees in economics from both the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University, and she received a Nuffield Fellowship to research discrimination issues at the University of Warwick in Coventry.
Kathy Errington
Executive Director @The Helen Clark Foundation
Katherine (Kathy) Errington is the Founding Executive Director of the Helen Clark Foundation, and joined as the first employee in early 2019. Prior to working at the Helen Clark Foundation, Kathy was a diplomat, posted to the New Zealand embassy in Tokyo from 2013-2018, and she worked in the Pacific division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 2011-2013.